Regina-based singer-songwriter Danny Olliver is set to deliver his self-titled full-length debut later this week, but Exclaim! is giving you an early listen to it, right now.
The eight-song offering follows last year's Bad Omen Walking EP — a debut release that propelled Olliver to sharing stages with artists like the Trews, Del Barber and Jason Plumb. The new songs hear his growth as a storyteller, both lyrically and instrumentally. Having started out as a fingerstyle guitarist years before adding vocals to his performances, Olliver is able to take listeners on a narrative journey with or without words — though his folksy, heartfelt, and at times almost-falsetto croon is a welcome addition.
From the dramatic but reserved, slow-burning opener "In Between" to more upbeat, clap-along, folk-pop barnburners like "Giving Up Giving In" and "Speak to You," Olliver showcases his prowess and versatility as a songwriter and musician. The album wraps up with the surprisingly lively "Dead End Road," cementing this record as anything but what the last song's title implies.
Danny Olliver is officially out on July 24, and you can see the singer-songwriter's upcoming live shows listed below. Scroll past the list of gigs to give the album an early listen below.
07/19 Calgary, AB - Ironwood
07/20 Edmonton, AB - Cha Island
07/22 Red Deer, AB - Fratter's Speakeasy
07/23 Red Deer, AB - Velvet Olive
07/24 Bengough, SK - Gateway Festival
07/25 Bengough, SK - Gateway Festival
08/05 Saskatoon, SK - Guitar & Amp
08/07 Regina, SK - Regina Folk Festival
08/08 Regina, SK - Regina Folk Festival
08/09 Regina, SK - Regina Folk Festival